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Michael Brooks signed off practice squad
ATLANTA – With the injured duo of Red Bryant and Jordan Hill sidelined in practice all week, practice-squad defensive tackle Michael Brooks got a lot of work with the Seahawks’ defense as the team prepared for Sunday’s game against the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
Now we know why. Brooks was signed to the 53-man roster on Saturday, because Bryant and Hill won’t play on Sunday. Bryant, a veteran defensive end, got a concussion in last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hill, a rookie defensive tackle, has an injured biceps.
To clear a roster spot for Brooks, wide receiver Bryan Walters was released.
The 6-foot-3, 276-pound Brooks has the size to play for Hill in the rotation at the three-technique tackle spot, as well as for Bryant at the five-technique end spot.
Brooks was claimed off waivers in late May and was with the club during training camp and the preseason. He was released Aug. 31 on the cut to 53 players, but signed to the practice squad Sept. 2. Brooks was then released three times and re-signed three times in September, but he has been on the practice squad since Sept. 27.
Walters also began the season on the practice squad, but he was signed to the 53-man roster Oct. 12. Without Walters, the team is down to four wide-outs – Golden Tate, the split end and leading receiver (35 catches); Doug Baldwin, who is second on the team in receptions (29) and starting at flanker with Sidney Rice out for the season; Jermaine Kearse, who shares the team lead with three touchdown catches; and Ricardo Lockette, who was signed to the practice squad Oct. 22 and added to the active roster Oct. 30 to fill Rice’s spot.